We are entering into that time of year again where everything gets busier but things never seem to get done. I was reading the book The happiness Project the other day and she spoke about “the power hour.” Having looked it up she wrote a blog post about it that you can read here. I know for myself I tend to have a list of things I need to get done that I often push off doing but they still follow me around everywhere I go and add unnecessary stress to my day to day life. These things end up causing frustration and anxiety which makes it harder for us to be connected in our relationships and to actually accomplish what we want (and sometimes need!) to accomplish.
In today’s busy work there seems to never be enough time to get everything done. With the holidays fast approaching, there is even less time and even more to do.
So what does Gretchen Rubin, the author of The Happiness Project, suggest? She created a power hour. It’s a time where she writes down all of the tasks she needs to get done that usually end up being put off and then seh dedicates one hour a week to tackling them without any other distractions (no phones, computers, tv etc). There is a saying my mom used to say to me growing up “Cluttered space, cluttered mind” and I think it’s true. I also think a cluttered mind can come from having too many things to tackle without the headspace or designated time set aside to actually tackle them.
So create a power hour. If you are in a relationship, then both people should set aside time to tackle the things they never seem to get to. Get started on things that you know will bog you down later on, for example, cleaning out your pantry or getting your holiday cards written and sent on time. Get it done so you can be free to focus on the stuff that actually makes you feel good and that matters.
So start your power hour. For me this week it is going to be dropping off some stuff to goodwill and getting a few marketing projects tackled that I have been delaying. Do I love doing these things? Absolutely not, but it definitely clears up my head so I can focus on things I really do enjoy doing. What are you going to tackle in your power hour that you’ve been avoiding recently? Share in the comment section below.